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Sabotage at Black Tom Island
At eight minutes past two o'clock on the morning of Sunday, July 30, 1916, a gigantic explosion sent sleeping residents of New York City and surrounding areas tumbling from their beds. Black Tom, the huge depot loaded with ammunitions destined for the Allies to use against the Central Powers, had been blown up. With terrifying suddenness, the Great War raging overseas had ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 1989 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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A history book in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman and Harris and Sadler. Whitcover, a journalist, presents the largest terrorist attack on the United States before 9-11 in a well-researched yet highly captivating story. He manages not only to describe this audacious bombing by the German secret service, which was not uncovered as an attack by Germany until the 1930s, but he switches between the actual bombing and the time when American lawyers battled their German counterparts to settle the ...more
Feb 12, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history buff and researchers on terrorism
I learned that foreign adventures can bring sabotage on our homeland and this book makes it clear how vulnerble we are to the smallest and easiest of devices to bring about great distruction. It's like reading about our current predicament almost a hundred years before.